Culture, Hip Hop, Live Reviews — April 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

A curly wig on the head, review of Big Wig Festival

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Big Wig Festival happened Saturday, at Fort Canning, Singapore. It wasn’t just about wearing colorful wigs, but also about showcasing top underground hip hop acts to a not so well acquainted population. There’s definitively a small hip hop/funk/soul community in Singapore, partly evolving around SIXX and Kevin Lester, and the Pushin’On crew, but it’s not wrong to say that it’s still rather concealed. Propaganda, a small team of new promoters, put in place their dream line-up and charged into the organization, only a very few months before the event date. A stormy rain poured on the city the whole beginning of afternoon, but stopped to make way of a fresh and breezy evening.

Masia One

Masia One

The charming Masia One was the event host, with her feminine hip hop and cultural engagement (read our interview with her here). The stage was taken by the flow of the different acts, with almost no intermissions. First was Captain Planet, a DJ from Brooklyn and LA, putting up an entertaining funk-groove mix, that made the small crowd forget about the rain and start dancing. Masia One graced the stage next with a bright green dress, followed by Lady Leshurr from Birmingham and her DJ Winchester. The physical resemblance with Azealia Banks is quite striking (from far at least), but Lady Leshurr might possibly be the fastest woman rapper of the world! Kevin Lester and DJ Koflow brought the night a relief with a refreshing breeze, and ended their set with Kevin’s new single, Everything You Love, You Hate. Jurassic 5‘s MC Akil, Hydro and Tech 12 finished their set with almost all the festival’s line-up on stage, while The Cuban Brothers transported the crowd to Latin America – we could have been watching the warm-up of a Mexican boxing match! More of an entertainment show, the dancers were giving it all in their glittery outfits, for the pure pleasure and amusement of the public. Then came the full band performances of Singapore drummers Wicked Aura, and the highly-anticipated Pharoahe Monch, with his amazing vocalist and exciting live set up (read our pre-event interview with Pharoahe here). Pharcyde closed the night with their quality rap, performing in full the album Bizarre Ride.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

Overall, the festival was little bit messy but a good one for the fans of the music genre. It would have been refreshing for the ears to be more of the stated “stunning kaleidoscopic soundscape”, but maybe anything can move up with a wig covering the head!

Big Wig Festival said they will organize regular urban music hip hop, so let’s keep ourselves in the loop.

Dj Koflow

Dj Koflow

 

Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch